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Theoretical study of magnetic and ultrasonic sensors: dependence of magnetic potential and acoustic pressure on the sensor geometry
Author(s): Dominique Placko; Tribikram Kundu
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we describe a model based on a spatial distribution of point sources, called 'DPSM' (Distributed Point Sources Method), applied to magnetic and ultrasonic sensors modelling. Magnetic and acoustic fields are theoretically generated for two types of sensors. The sensor surface is discretized into a finite number of elemental surfaces. A point source is placed at the centroid position of every elemental surface. Point source strength is proportional to the elemental surface area for acoustic sensors and it is obtained by inverting a matrix to satisfy the equipotential boundary conditions for magnetic sensors. Total field is computed at a given point by adding fields generated by all sources. The main difference between the magnetic and acoustic field modelling is that for a magnetic sensor the magnetic potential remains constant on the sensor surface and the magnetic flux varies from point to point, while for the acoustic sensor the particle velocity remains constant on the sensor surface and the acoustic pressure varies. This difference causes an additional matrix inversion in the magnetic field modeling, which is not necessary for the acoustic field modeling. Like other numerical modeling schemes, accuracy of the computation depends on the sensor surface discretization or mesh generation. Effect of the spacing between two neighboring point sources on the accuracy of the field computation is studied and the optimum spacing for accurate numerical computation is given. For accurately modelling acoustic fields the spacing between two neighboring sources should be less than the acoustic wavelength. Flat sensors with circular and rectangular cross-sections as well as point focused concave sensors have been modelled by this technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4335, Advanced Nondestructive Evaluation for Structural and Biological Health Monitoring, (24 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434201
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Dominique Placko, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (France)
Tribikram Kundu, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4335:
Advanced Nondestructive Evaluation for Structural and Biological Health Monitoring
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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